There are going to be a slew of heroic tales that emerge in the coming days regarding the Boston Marathon tragedy, but since we’re media centric here, we thought we’d gather some of the thoughts expressed by journalists covering the event. Below are just a few.

John TlumackiBoston Globe photographer, as told to Time:

I was so shook up about it — I was speechless when I was there [on scene]. My eyes were swelling up behind my camera. We use a camera as a defense but I was shaken when I got back, just scanning the pictures. The other sad part was that I took my shoes off because they were covered in blood from walking on the sidewalk taking pictures.

I always wondered what it would be like when I see photographers covering this stuff all over the world. You go to Israel and then there’s an explosion and photographers are there. It’s haunting to be a journalist and have to cover it. I don’t ever want to have to do that again.

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